April 6 youth group proposes reconciliatory initiative to ease Egypt crisis

Ahram Online, Saturday 3 Aug 2013

Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement Democratic Front urges Morsi allies to allow inspections of camps for arms, calls on government to diclose Morsi's whereabouts

Rival rallies
Egyptian protesters carry photos of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, (Photo: (L) Reuters, (R) AP).

The April 6 Youth Movement Democratic Front has proposed a new initiative to end mounting tension and division in Egypt a month after the army's ouster of the country's Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi.

The move is designed to ease ongoing crisis and turmoil in Egypt and halt bloodletting, the movement said on Saturday.

As part of the initiative articles, the youth group has called upon Morsi's Islamist allies to allow inspection of their protest camps to ensure they are weapon-free and to eschew religious, vitriolic discourse against Morsi opponents.

The Egyptian government has accused pro-Morsi demonstrators of taking up weapons at their rallies.

"In case leaders reject such steps, we appeal to the protesters to abandon their sit-ins," read a statement spelling out the newly launched initiative.

It also urged Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood suspects at large to turn themselves in.

The move comes on the heels of visits by international envoys from the US and EU to broker a solution to mounting polarisation between Egypt's military-installed government and Morsi's loyalists, who have remained defiant, calling for his reinstatement.

The April 6 Youth Movement Democratic Front, an offshoot of the prominent April 6 Youth Movement, which was a key player in the 2011 popular uprising, did not stop short of urging Egypt's interim administration to swiftly enforce the military's transition plan for drafting of a constitution as well as elections.

The initiative also called upon providing necessary military equipment to forces in the lawless Sinai Peninsula, urging a launch of a military crackdown operation to "uproot terrorists and jihadists even if in breach of international accords."

Also, it demanded a probe into deadly violence following Morsi's exit in which dozens of his loyalists were killed.

At least 80 pro-Morsi protesters were gunned down in clashes with police on 27 July near their main round-the-clock vigil in northeast Cairo.

The reconciliatory move also demanded making public the investigations of detained Brotherhood leaders as well as president Morsi's whereabouts.

The deposed Islamist leader has been held incommunicado since his removal by Egypt's army in the wake of nationwide protests demanding an end to his rule. He is facing a judicial inquiry into charges including murder and colluding with Palestinian group Hamas

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who visited Egypt last week to help broker a peaceful solution, met him and said he was "well."

Since Morsi's ouster, many of his Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been rounded up by authorities on charges of inciting violence, setting off fears of an imminent witch hunt against an Islamist group long suppressed by military-backed strongmen.

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